Every pick in your fantasy baseball draft is a precious commodity. With every pick, you strive to make your team that much more championship worthy. You start the first few rounds looking for the proven sluggers: the Mike Trouts and Miguel Cabreras. Maybe you follow up with a few pitching studs like Clayton Kershaw or Chris Sale. Now you’ve come to the conundrum: do you continue to flush out your line-up or start looking for closers. In 2014, you’ve been given a gift. There are very few elite level closers in the game. Those rare individuals that enter the game night after night and knock out hitters to the tune of 2+ strikeouts per inning. The obvious choice off the top is Craig Kimbrell. The gift this year is Aroldis Chapman. He took a liner off the head late in the preseason and is out 6-8 weeks at least. Here’s where the choice arises. Every year he throws 99+ mph fastballs and averages almost 2 K’s per inning. However. he’s hurt this year which damages his draft value. This is where you capitalize. Grab an elite closer if you like, it is suggested anyway. Once you get to the later rounds, especially in shallow 8- and 10-team leagues, see if Chapman is still available. Pending his confidence still being there to attack hitters at the plate, there aren’t many closers out there with the heat he brings to the table.
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